Orangefin Catfish
Corydoras sterbai

Basic Information
Maximum Size: 3"

Recommended Aquarium Size: 20-G Minimum

pH: 6.0 - 7.5

Hardness: 4-10°

Temperature: 72 - 78 °

Temperment: Unaggressive; schooling

Corydoras sterbai

Often treated as "scavengers" in the home aquarium, the Corydoras have developed a strong following among catfish enthusiasts, in part due to beautiful Cory Cats like this one. All Corydoras are schooling fish, and should be kept in small groups of no less than a half dozen fish. They cannot subside on flakes or leftovers, and we recommend New Era soft Catfish Pellets or another similar, quality food for these fishes.
Corydoras are quite peaceful, and will mix well with virtually any fish that will not eat them. Care should be taken when placing these with some dwarf cichlids, as spawning pairs of dwarf cichlids may see Corydoras as a threat to their eggs (rightfuly so!) and strike first.

Many species of Corydoras are able to release a poisonous slime when stressed, which acts as a predator deterrent in nature. Corydoras sterbai seems to have one of the most potent slime poisons. In an aquarium, this can result in a dead tank, so never house these fish with aggressive cichlids.